Becoming an Oncology Nurse
First of all, I was born at Hartford Hospital. My mother worked here in Medical Records when I was a child, so I always carried an affection for Hartford Hospital.
I came to work at Hartford Hospital as a new graduate in August, 2005. I was fortunate enough to complete a Cardiology rotation here while I was attending nursing school, and I was hooked. The technology and resources available to the staff were overwhelming. I interviewed for a graduate nurse position and started on a Medical/Surgical floor. As luck would have it, my new floor was reorganized, and I found my new home on Bliss 5, the Oncology unit. The nurse educators and preceptors with whom I interviewed made me feel very welcome. I made the change and never looked back.
I am among a growing number of new graduates who while I was new, I wasn't especially shiny. I received my ADN at the age of 43. It's not that I didn't start many times before; just something always came along to derail my train. My children were older and more self-sufficient so there was no longer a reason to put off the dream that I had since I was a little girl -- to be a nurse. I have never regretted the hard work that it took to get me to this point
I guess that it is natural for me to be on the Oncology floor. My father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1995. He is in remission, but I still think of the wonderful care that he received during the course of his treatments. This care drives me to return the same special care to my patients.
I approach each patient with the thought of how I would like to have my own family treated. It usually gives me a different outlook on my patients and their families to think of how they must be feeling. I suppose that's also why I choose to wear my colorful uniforms. If what I'm wearing brightens someone's day, or takes their mind off their troubles for a moment, it was worth it.
I have been fortunate since I have worked at Hartford Hospital to work with a great staff. They have all been supportive and helpful to me as I have struggled through my first year of nursing. I am proud to be an Oncology nurse and proud to be practicing at Hartford Hospital.